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Ellis Island, New York City

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#3 of 117 in Historic Sites in New York City
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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Hear the tales of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island when it served as the nation's busiest immigration inspection station, from 1892 to 1954. The immigration museum, housed in the station's main building, reveals details about the immigrants who came to the island and the staff who worked there. You can view informative displays, a short film, photos, art, and personal artifacts. Outside the museum, read the wall of honor for a partial list of the immigrants processed here. Before boarding a ferry to the island, be prepared for a thorough security check; sharp objects and large bags are forbidden. Purchase ferry tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. A visit to Ellis Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New York City trip itinerary planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Loved the museum and all the photographs and stories. I was able to find my paternal grandparents in the computer system. God Bless all our ancestors who made it over in some challenging conditions. 
    Loved the museum and all the photographs and stories. I was able to find my paternal grandparents in the computer system. God Bless all our ancestors who made it over in some challenging conditions.  more »
  • We went on the hard hat tour of Ellis Island, which takes you into parts of Ellis Island closed to the public. If you're a historian this tour is so interesting with a lot of original artefacts still....  more
    We went on the hard hat tour of Ellis Island, which takes you into parts of Ellis Island closed to the public. If you're a historian this tour is so interesting with a lot of original artefacts still....  more »
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  • You could spend all day here. Fantastic museum and a ‘must see’.
  • I know the history of Ellis Island And saw the Island when I took a boat back from a visit to the statue of liberty. the first thing you see as the boat pulls along side of Ellis Island is a really lovely looking old building

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